A New York City man who authorities say fatally beat another man with a tire iron when that man tried to rape his wife has been charged.

Authorities say 61-year-old Mamadou Diallo beat 43-year-old Earl Nash in the elevator bank of a Bronx apartment building Monday night.

Officials say Diallo's wife told police Nash forced his way into her apartment, took off his pants and tried to rape her. Police say she told them she called her husband, who later beat Nash during a struggle. Nash died at a hospital.

Diallo was arraigned late Tuesday in the Bronx on charges including assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Diallo is free on his own recognizance.

Defense attorney, Anthony Michaels, said in court this was an attack on Diallo's family in his home.